Russia, the hosts of the recent G20 summit in September, is being accused of giving visiting heads of state goodie bags that contained, among other things, memory sticks that contained bugging software. The Russians are denying it.
In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov denied the allegations of attempted spying and accused Western governments of trying to divert attention away from the scandals caused by disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency has been spying on its allies’ communications.
“It is definitely nothing other than an attempt to switch attention from the problems that really exist, which dominate the agenda between the European capitals and Washington, to problems that are ephemeral and nonexistent,” Peskov said, according to the Voice of Russia broadcast.
If true, it seems like a pretty pathetic effort by a country that must surely have a more sophisticated spying system. Surely they would know that such devices would be scrutinized before being used by any head of state?
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